My Golden Donut Award (2015)

My Golden Donut Award (2015)



Vinnie Hansen fled the South Dakota prairie for the California coast the day after graduating high school.

Her eventual home in Santa Cruz serves as the backdrop for most of her Carol Sabala mystery series. Black Beans & Venom, the seventh and latest installment (misterio press), was a Claymore Award finalist and also received a B.R.A.G. Medallion.

But Vinnie loves to write short stories as well. Her story Novel Solution appears in Fish or Cut Bait (Wildside Press). With a home in a tourist mecca, Vinnie couldn’t resist writing Critical Mass, her story in Destination: Mystery! which was reprinted in Santa Cruz Weird. Other stories have been published in Santa Cruz Noir, Porter Gulch Review, Transfer Literary Magazine, Lake Region Review, phren-Z, Web Mystery Magazine, Crime & Suspense, and Mysterical-E. Her 2019 publications included stories in the NorCal Sisters in Crime’s first anthology, Fault Lines, and the fifth anthology from the Sisters in Crime Guppies, Fishy Business. Her latest piece is the creative non-fiction work Geography Lessons in the Winter 2021 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader (published in December, 2020).

In 2015 her short short Bad Connection won the Police Writers’ Academy’s coveted Gold Donut.





Invite Vinnie Hansen to present to your reading group or club! In addition to her book readings, Vinnie has extensive experience speaking to reading groups and to organizations such as the AAUW, the Soroptimists, and Delta Kappa Gamma Zeta Chi. Vinnie has also participated on panels at Left Coast Crime, High Desert Crimes, Killer Nashville, and Litquake.

Vinnie has spoken on topics ranging from the writing process to self-publishing, small-press publishing and e-publishing.

E-mail Vinnie Hansen to schedule an event.



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